Venezuelan campaign lessons for Australian politicians?

The New York Times has a nifty little piece on a new salsa hit from Puerto Rican Willie Colón entitled Mentira Fresca (free online listen/download). As the Times points out, Venezuelan campaign stops are often a fiesta of food and fun to music to breath a bit of life into the politics. Colón’s song is a devastatingly direct attack on the failures of the Chávez regime, all set to a peppy salsa beat. Whether you agree or not with the message, at least you can dance to it, which breathes a certain extra element of life into an election. Salsa, rumba and meringue are the big flavours in the current Venezuelan campaign. What might Australia’s political parties choose to keep our feet taping through the winter? Colón’s snappy number has been downloaded over 670,000 times.

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